Female Entrepreneurs Achieve Success from Tourism in NW China

July 2, 2018
Editor: Yang Peng

Two female entrepreneurs from the village of Qingting in northwest China's Gansu Province have achieved success in running their company with the help of the local women's federation.

Chen Jinli and Zhang Yuefu, both former migrant workers in big cities, decided to return to their hometown to start a new business several years ago when the region became a tourist destination.

Qingting, located about six kilometers away from the downtown of Wuwei City, Gansu, boasts beautiful rural scenery.

In 2012, the village built a total of 1,176 solar greenhouses, about 25.3 hectares of economic forest and nearly 70 hectares of breeding land to boost its economy.

Later on, with the local government making efforts to build Wuwei into an economic giant, Qingting started to promote rural tourism and became a tourist destination with a mature infrastructure and enormous potential.

Seeing these changes, Chen and Zhang agreed to open a boarding house for tourists.

However, they didn't have enough funds or relevant experience at the beginning.

The Qingting Women's Federation (QWF) offered them assistance through providing a loan and professional training.

After one year's efforts, their restaurant started to make a profit and created jobs for dozens of local women.

"We have recruited 12 local women and are considering recruiting more," said Zhang.

Wang Xiulan, president of QWF, praised the two entrepreneurs highly.

"Thanks to Chen and Zhang, who are also members of the federation's executive committee, many women in our village now can work near their homes," said Wang.

In 2015, Qingting was rated as one of the most beautiful villages in China by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The living standards of the villagers have also significantly improved with the per capita disposable income exceeding 15,900 yuan.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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